Alasdair Cochrane

Since completing his PhD in 2007 at the London School of Economics, Alasdair Cochrane has been at the forefront of the so-called ‘political turn’ in animal ethics and has written three single-authored books on the question of animal politics: An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory (Palgrave, 2010); Animal Rights without Liberation (Columbia, 2012); and Sentientist Politics: A Theory of Global Inter-Species Justice (Oxford, forthcoming).  Alasdair has published numerous articles and book chapters on the issue of animal politics, as well as winning grants and prizes from the Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for his research.  He is currently Co-Director of the Sheffield Animals Studies Research Centre (ShARC), an internationally recognised academic hub focused on the inter-disciplinary study of human-animal relations.


Frank de Bakker

Frank de Bakker is a full Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at IÉSEG School of Management (Lille, France), coordinator of the IÉSEG Center on Organizational Responsibility (ICOR) and a member of the research laboratory Lille Economics Management (LEM-CNRS 9921). He is co-editor of Business & Society and sits on the editorial boards of several journals. In his research he combines insights from institutional theory, social movement studies and stakeholder theory to examine interactions between activist groups and business firms on issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR). This stream of research has led to publications in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Business & Society, Academy of Management Discoveries, Organization Studies and Journal of Business Ethics.


Gary Francione

Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University/Honorary Professor (Philosophy) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K.

Professor Francione has been teaching animal rights theory and the law for more than 30 years. His work focuses on the the property status of nonhuman animals, the theoretical and practical problems of the animal welfare movement, and his Abolitionist theory of animal rights, which maintains veganism is a moral baseline and imperative. In 1990, he and his colleague, Anna Charlton, started and, until 2000, operated a litigation clinic at Rutgers University–the first of its kind anywhere–where law students earned academic credit for working on cases that involved animal issues.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law. These include: The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (with Robert Garner) (Columbia U. Press 2010), Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (Columbia U.Press 2008); Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (Temple U. Press 2000); Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (Temple U. Press 1996); and Animals, Property, and the Law (Temple U. Press 1995). He has also co-authored with Anna Charlton a series of books that are intended to provide a more generally accessible introduction to animal ethics and animal advocacy: Advocate for Animals!: An Abolitionist Vegan Handbook (2017); Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach (2015); and Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals (2013). He is the co-editor of a series on animal ethics published by Columbia University Press.


Josephine Mylan

University of Manchester, Sustainable Consumption Institute, United Kingdom

Dr. Jo Mylan works at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester, engaging with questions related to Sustainable Consumption and Production, Sustainability Transitions and Eco-Innovation. Her work is guided by an interest in how everyday life and ‘normality’ changes to become less (or more) resource intensive. Conceptually, she draws insight from the sociology of innovation, social practice theory, economic sociology, and business studies. Much of her emprical research has been in the area of food production and consumption, using in-depth case study to explore multiple sources and dynamics of (sustainble) change. Her inter-disciplinary orientation is visible in her publications which span a wide range of journals including Global Environmental Change; Research Policy; Journal of Cleaner Production; Organization & Environment; Technology Analysis & Strategic Management; Sociology.